Bisbee, AZ: From Past to Present

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The child abuse law firm of Bisbee presents to you this article on the city. Learn about the history of the area and more.

An Account of Bisbee

Bisbee is a city within Cochise County, Arizona. Also the seat of the county, it was founded in 1880 as a copper, gold and silver mining town. The area was named after one of the financial backers of the Copper Queen Mine, Judge DeWitt Bisbee. In 1926, the seat of Cochise County was moved from Tombstone to Bisbee. During the early 1900s, as mining in the Mule Mountains was successful, the population of the city grew. In 1902, Bisbee was incorporated. Some of the high-quality minerals that were founded in the Bisbee area mines were:

  • Azurite
  • Aragonite
  • Cuprite
  • Galena
  • Malachite
  • Wulfenite

However, by 1950, mining in Bisbee decreased and so did its population. In 1975, operations of the Bisbee's copper mining were halted by the Phelps Dodge Corporation. In an attempt to bring heritage tourism to the city, Bisbee Mayor Church Eads, with Phelps Dodge, developed a mine tour and historical interpretation of parts of the Copper Queen Mine. Hearing of this local effort, the federal Economic Development Administration gave the city a large grant to help with the project and other improvements in the downtown area. On February 1, 1976, the Queen Mine Tour was opened. Since then, over one million visitors have taken the underground mine tour train.

In 1970, artist Stephen Hutchison and his wife Marcia bought the Copper Queen Hotel from the Phelps-Dodge mining company. After renovating the hotel and other historically significant buildings in the downtown area, he marketed Bisbee as the "authentic" old Southwest. Attracting celebrities and developer Ed Smart, the city soon became a haven for artists and hippies who were fleeing from larger cities in Arizona and California. Today, the historic city of Bisbee, or "Old Bisbee," is home to a thriving downtown cultural scene. As of the 2010 census. Bisbee has a population of 5,575 people.

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Copper Queen Hotel

The Copper Queen Hotel is the longest continuously operated hotel in Arizona. Built by the Phelps Dodge Corporation from 1898 to 1902, it served as lodging for investors and dignitaries who were visiting the nearby copper mine. The historic hotel was the city's anchor business and architectural gem. It can be found on Howell Avenue in downtown Bisbee.

Lavender Pit

Lavender Pit was once an open-pit copper mine in Bisbee. Named in honor of Harrison M. Lavender, the General Manager and Vice-President of Phelps Dodge Corporation, it was opened in 1950 at the site of the former higher-grade Sacramento Hill mine. The pit encompasses 300 acres and is 900-feet deep. Because of its competent host rock, it has much steeper sides than other open-pit copper mines in the southwest region. Today, the former open-pit is a scenic spot to take pictures.

Warren Ballpark

Warren Ballpark was built by the Calumet and Arizona Mining Company in 1909, in Bisbee. Renovated in 1930, the baseball stadium was a recreational space for miners and their families. During the Bisbee Deportation of 1917, 1,300 striking, kidnapped miners were held in the ballpark. Today, the 40-acre park includes a baseball field on its east side and a football stadium on its west side. The shaded cast-in-place concrete grandstand in the baseball field is listed as a state historic building. The ballpark is currently nome to the Bisbee High School Pumas and Bisbee Killer Termites baseball and football teams. It was the previous home of the Bisbee-Douglas Copper Kings of independent Arizona–Mexico League and the Tucson Saguaros of the Pecos League.

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